DIY Liam Barn Light Bed - Full

Submitted by thehallway on Sat, 11/22/2014 - 16:26

I found the Liam Barn Light Bed online and knew it was perfect for our son's room (except for the price tag).    After some research, I decided to use the Reclaimed Wood Headboard plan with some modifications.  I increased the height to 72", like the inspiration bed.  We used 1x6 Tongue and Groove boards for the middle panels instead of a mix of 1x4 and 1x6s.  Then we cut holes and installed the barn light and dimmer switch.  For the bed frame, I used just the frame from Mom's Fancy Farmhouse Bed, which I had used before HERE.

Building the headboard and frame was quick and only took a short afternoon.  Finish took a lot longer since I used oil based paint.  That only allowed me 1 coat per 24 hours, so it took several days.  I wanted a durable surface for a kid's room though.  I used the same paint to modify Ikea Hemnes Dressers and Nightstand to match, along with adding custom hardware.  I love the way everything came together and our son loves it too!

Visit the link to my blog for more information and the modified material and cut lists.  I have also posted the material and cuts lists for TWIN SIZE as well.

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used
Behr Oil Base Semi-Gloss Enamel in Cracked Pepper (PPU260-1)
Recommended Skill Level